Top 10 Miami Marlins Prospects

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Intro

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The Miami Marlins have been broken down, sold and replenished with a lot of prospects during the course of this offseason and some people do not think it is done yet. Owner Jeffrey Loria traded his stars, like he has done before, for future players. This time, the Marlins have a lot to work with and are getting ready for the future.

A few names stick out on the following list as potential all-stars for the ball club in the future. One of the players that the organization is high on is outfielder Christian Yelich. Yelich has been the guy that has been tagged as the future of the Marlins team and if Giancarlo Stanton is still around with the club, the two can pack a powerful punch in the coming years.

The Marlins are also planning to use Adeiny Hechavarria as the team’s starting shortstop in 2013. Hechavarria, among others on this list, was acquired in the trade with the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the offseason. Hechavarria got some playing time at the end of the 2012 season with the Blue Jays but will definitely get a lot more and a chance to grow with the Marlins.

Lastly, another prospect worth mentioning is Jose Fernandez. Ever since coming out of the 2011 draft, Fernandez was highly-regarded as a fire ball pitcher. With the way the team is looking now, you may see Fernandez up in the majors sooner rather than later.

Here are the Top 10 prospects for the Marlins heading into the 2013 season. Take a look at the few blurbs about them and make known that some of these guys are the future here in Miami.

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1). Christian Yelich, OF

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Yelich is the top prospect in the Marlins organization. He is poised to become part of the outfield that already consists of Giancarlo Stanton and could consist of Justin Ruggiano in the future. Yelich hit 12 home runs in Single-A Jupiter last season.

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2). Jose Fernandez, RHP

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Fernandez is the top pitching prospect for the Marlins. Drafted in 2011, Fernandez is quickly becoming known as a flamethrower type pitcher around the organization and will the ace pitcher of the staff barring that owner Jeffrey Loria does not trade him away. Fernandez had 159 strikeouts in 2012 splitting time between Single-A Greensboro and Single-A Jupiter.

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3). Jake Marisnick, OF

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Marisnick was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the huge 12-player swap. Marisnick could be on the outside looking in when it comes to the 2013 roster but if an injury happens, Marisnick will be right up there. Marisnick brings a lot of potential power to the Marlins and could be part of the team's long-term future.

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4). Justin Nicolino, LHP

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Nicolino was another player acquired from the Blue Jays in the 12-player block buster over the offseason. He spent 2012 with Single-A Lansing and struck out 119 batters while having a 2.46 ERA. Nicolino could become a big-time lefty in the Marlins' future.

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5). Andrew Heaney, LHP

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Heaney is another left-handed pitcher that could become a big starter in the Marlins rotation. Heaney will probably have another go-around in Single-A Greensboro as he still has a few kinks to work out.

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6). Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

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Hechavarria is still a young infielder but will become the Marlins starter in 2013. Hechavarria was acquired in the big trade with the Blue Jays as well. He played in a few games at the end of the season for the Blue Jays and the organization thinks he's ready to start for the team come next season.

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7). Zack Cox, 3B

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Cox was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals last season. Cox still has to work on his power and hitting for contact but could be a man that hits .300 when he gets to the big leagues.

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8). Marcell Ozuna, OF

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Ozuna has some power as a right fielder and has the tools to be a good outfielder as well. Ozuna hit 24 home runs and drove in 95 RBI last season for Single-A Advanced Jupiter. Ozuna is also expected to steal bases more often than hit for power. We'll see if that transpires in 2013.

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9). Derek Dietrich, SS

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Dietrich was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays for Yunel Esocbar during the MLB Winter Meetings. Dietrich provides good power as a left-handed bat and the middle infielder has great range. Dietrich is the one that most likely could be an impact for the Marlins in the near future.

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10). Adam Conley, LHP

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The Marlins have a lot of left-handed pitching in their organization and enough to maybe package together in a trade. Conley has proved that he can be a starter with his fast ball and off-speed pitches. He was 11-5 with a 3.47 ERA in the minor leagues last year.

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